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Margarita Christina McCormac

Margarita Christina McCormac

About Margarita Christina

Margarita Christina McCormac, always known as 'Mietta', was born in India in 1881.  She lived at 7, Beech Grove, Seaforth, Liverpool, Lancashire and she was a professional stewardess, serving mainly on trans-Atlantic liners.

On 16th April 1915, she engaged as a stewardess in the Stewards' Department on board the Lusitania, at Liverpool, at a monthly rate of pay of £4-0s-0d. and joined the vessel at 7 a.m. the following day, for what became her last ever sailing out of the River Mersey, on her way to New York.  Miss McCormac had previously served on the liner S.S. Orduña.

Three weeks later on the afternoon of 7th May, Stewardess McCormac was killed when the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20 off the southern coast of Ireland on her return voyage to her home port.  As her body was never recovered and identified afterwards, she has no known grave.  As a consequence, she is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.  She was aged 34 years.

Out of 22 stewardesses who served on board the Lusitania on her uncompleted voyage to Liverpool, thirteen were killed and only nine survived.

Administration of Mietta McCormac’s will was granted to her brother Joseph, at Liverpool, on 25th June 1915, her effects amounting to £257-18s-0d, (£257.90p.), a considerable sum for a person on a relatively low rate of pay in 1915.  Joseph McCormac also worked for the Cunard Steam Ship Company.

In August 1915, the balance of wages owing to her was also forwarded to her family.  This was in respect of her service on board the Lusitania from 17th April to 8th May 1915; 24 hours after the liner had foundered.

Audrey Breen, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, Probate Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 334.

Margarita Christina McCormac



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